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 20170707點滴匯聚行大愛Uniting Together to Serve with Love

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發表主題: 20170707點滴匯聚行大愛Uniting Together to Serve with Love    周四 8月 17, 2017 7:40 am

20170707點滴匯聚行大愛Uniting Together to Serve with Love

After hearing everyone’s sharing on how each group takes up a task, I feel deeply touched. Tzu Chi volunteers are united as one and they work together in harmony with love. Our living bodhisattvas serve not for themselves but for the greater good. We have done this. I am very touched and grateful.

I also hear sharing’s on how volunteers care for their fellow volunteers. Indeed, recently I have mixed emotions about this. Hearing the Tzu Chi volunteers treat each other like a family, I feel comforted.

The closeness of Tzu Chi family makes me feel very comforted. We are able to look after our big family a family of all of us. We unite as one. I really can’t describe in words how beautiful our big family is. This is truly beautiful.

However, I’m heavy-heated about the law of nature. As time passes, people are aging. We all age. Indeed, in recent years, I see many senior commissions and Tzu Cheng members have gotten old. Whether they are from northern or central Taiwan, some volunteers have been with Tzu Chi for over 30 years, some even for 40 years.

Think about it, for those who joined Tzu Chi when they were in their middle age are now in their old age. Back then, 52 years ago, I was young. I was young once. I was less than 30 years old when I founded Tzu Chi. But we never stop getting old. Getting older, we are physically weaker. That is the law of nature. That’s why I’m heavy-hearted. Life is short; therefore, I always say that we need to seize the moment and make it everlasting.

Before I set off on this trip, I finished expounding the Chapter of Peaceful Practices. If you have been listening to my Dharma talks---I heard your sharing’s on your experience on learning the Dharma. There’s a difference between those who learn the Dharma and those who don’t. Those who do, their hearts have been purified.

When they give of themselves and encounter difficulties, they are able to quickly use the Dharma. They don’t get attached to gains and losses as life is like a dream or an illusions; such is life. That is why the Chapter of Peaceful Practices teaches us how to be a living bodhisattva. If you were following my Dharma talks from the beginning of this chapter, you would know that when we serve people in society, we are bound to encounter many obstacles and learn of ways to avoid them.

We are grateful to Manjusri Bodhisattva. When he heard the Buddha encourage his disciples to go among people to spread the Dharma and deliver all living beings, he knew that in doing this one would encounter many, many difficulties.

So, he asked the Buddha, “Since there are so many difficulties in walking the Bodhisattva Path, could you tell us how to avoid them so that we can practice the Bodhisattva way with joy.” The Buddha answered that if you aspire to walk the Bodhisattva Path, yet, your aspiration is not firm and you still need to work on your cultivation skills, you should avoid people of certain professions, people of certain groups, and stay away from certain jobs.

Furthermore, we should have a heart of great compassion. With compassion, we can’t bear to see the suffering of all living beings. We also need to be gentle and forbearing; without great benevolence and great courage how can we serve people? However rich a country is, there will always be people who suffer from poverty and sickness. Wherever there is suffering, Tzu Chi volunteers go and offer help. Even if the place is hard to reach, we still go to relieve others’ sufferings. We can all give with love in our daily life.

Take a small village in Myanmar for example; Tzu Chi volunteers went there to provide flood relief. When we introduced Tzu Chi’s coin bank program there, people in the village agreed with this concept. But, they were so poor that they didn’t have extra money to donate.

Therefore, before cooking each meal, they save a handful of rice. By saving a handful of rice every day, they can donate the rice they save monthly. They collected over 500 kg of rice every month, which can help more than 20 families.

Similarly, in Taiwan, with our coin bank program, if a member saves NT$3.3 per day, that’s NT$100 a month. In saving NT$3.3 per day, the money accumulated can be used to help build schools, help the poor, or help the ill.

For international disaster relief, as an old saying goes, the family that does good will be blessed. The more blessings a country creates the fewer disasters it will suffer. Thus, if we can use our power o love to help people regardless of where they are, then we are doing good deeds.

Tzu Chi volunteers give of themselves selflessly while Tzu Chi uses of donations to carry out charitable work. If we were to calculate the wages of the work done by our volunteers, the donations we raised will not be enough. Tzu Chi’s work is done by volunteers who give of themselves selflessly with love so the donations can be used fully on charitable work.

All in all, I hope you can seize your time; come together to listen to my Dharma talks and learn more about life’s principles. The Dharma is inseparable from our world. To separate these two is as to look for fur on a tortoise’s shell or for a horn on a hare’s head; it is certainly impossible.

Thus, the Dharma must be practiced in the world we live. If you choose to detach from the world the Dharma will be of no use to you. Thus, I hope all of you can practice the Dharma among people, like lotus flowers grow in a muddy pond. Although we live in a world of impurities, the more impurities it has, the more living bodhisattvas are needed.
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